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Cecil, William, Lord Burghley (1520-1598), Elizabeth I's Chief Minister

Document signed by William Cecil, Lord Burghley ("W Burghley") , Lord Treasurer of England, and by John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer, "for and behalf of our soveraigne Lady the Queen", a counterpart indenture by which the Queen mortgages the manors of Whitwood in the West Riding of Yorkshire and Finningly Grange in Nottinghamshire to the great navigator Sir Martin Frobisher. 1 page large oblong folio on vellum, in English, c.11 1/2x22 1/2" [i.e. 23 1/4"; 295x590 mm], signed at the foot by Burgley and Fortescue. Fortescue's seal is attached by the original vellum tag; Burghley's seal is lacking although the seal tag is present. [Maggs catalogue]

Charles Chaplin (1889-1977)

Pencil self-portrait on an octavo album leaf, signed and dated also in pencil "Sep. 30th 1931". An attractive small sketch (head and shoulders) showing the "little man" with his characteristic bowler and moustache. [Maggs catalogue 991, item 27] Framed, area visible in mat 150x115 mm.

Cologne Chronicle

An original leaf from "Cronica van der hilliger Stat van Coelle printed in 1499 by Johan Koelhoff in Cologne. Contemporary colouring." [Information from label affixed to mat.] Matted and framed between two sheets of Plexiglas, area visible: ca. 310x213 mm. Upper outside corner torn off (4x8 mm), lower outside corner creased with some flaking of paper. Recto: [p.?] CXX at head, 42 lines text printed in black, many letters embellished with red vertical strokes. 3 Portraits (2 of clerics and 1 of an emperor) printed in black and coloured yellow, blue, green, brown, and red; ca. 50x40mm. Verso: 44 lines text printed in black and embellished as above.

Cuneiform Tablet of Amar-Suen [King of Ur]

Clay tablet (43x51x15mm) with economic text and figures from the first year of the reign of King Amar-Suen. The impression on reverse with a pictorial cylinder seal depicting a seated figure is a rare, early example of pictorial printing.

Edward IV Loses a Case

Edward IV (1442-1483). King of England. Royal Letters Patent in the name of Edward IV, the Inspeximus (confirmation) of a decision made by the Barons of the Exchequer concerning entitlement to a stall (selda) in the Parish of St. Mary le Bow in the City of London 1 pg. large oblong folio in Latin on vellum, ca. 18.5x37.5" in an excellent hand, signed at the end by the Chancery scribe Fforde. With a fine calligraphic initial letter E(of Edwardus), making imaginative use of decorative strapwork, and an elaborate and decorative first line with high flourished ascenders. A fragment of the Exchequer seal is attached by the original vellum tongue. Witnessed by the Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Sir William Notyngham at Westminster, 24 April 22 Edward IV (1482) A piece of blank vellum which was at one stage removed from the bottom left of the document, with no loss of text, has been sympathetically replaced. [Maggs catalogue]

Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England

Privy Council Letter of her reign, addressed to the High Sheriff and Commissioners for the Musters of the County of Norfolk, ordering them to levy a force of 100 men to serve in Ireland because of "the contynuance of the troubles there." 2 pages folio with integral address leaf [336x463 mm, folded once, letter on the two sides of one of the resulting leaves, the address on one side of the other leaf] (seal tear professionally repaired), Richmond, 15 Jan. 1599. Signed by Sir Thomas Egerton, later Lord Ellesmere, Master of the Rolls; Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, the poet, Lord Treasurer; Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham, who had held chief command against the Armada, Lord High Admiral; George Carey, Lord Hunsdon, Elizabeth's cousin, Lord Chamberlain; Roger North, Treasurer of the Queen's Household; William Knollys, Comptroller of the Queen's Household; Robert Cecil, later Earl of Salisbury, Secretary of State; Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice. [Maggs catalogue 1021, item 65]

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